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Accounting AAS AAS
Detroit Lakes, Moorhead, eCampus

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Detroit Lakes, Moorhead, eCampus

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Fergus Falls, eCampus

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Credits breakdown

Developmental courses — A student may be required to enroll in developmental courses in reading, writing and math. A student's scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine enrollment in developmental courses. The purpose of developmental courses is to prepare students for the demands of a college-level curriculum. Credits may vary.

Course # Course Title Credits
ACCT1101 Payroll 3
ACCT1108 Business Math/Calculators 3
ACCT1120 Business Law 3
ACCT1124 Spreadsheet Applications 3
ACCT2201 Financial Accounting I Lab 1
ACCT2202 Financial Accounting II Lab 1
ACCT2203 Managerial Accounting Lab 1
ACCT2211 Financial Accounting I 3
ACCT2212 Financial Accounting II 3
ACCT2213 Managerial Accounting 3
ACCT2216 QuickBooks 3
ACCT2217 Microsoft Dynamics GP 3
ACCT2255 Income Tax-Individual 3
ACCT2256 Income Tax-Business 3
- OR -
ACCT2630 Fund/Nonprofit Accounting 3
- OR -
ACCT2643 Accounting Internship 3
- OR -
ACCT2800 Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation Exam Review 3
ACCT2620 Intermediate Accounting I 4
ACCT2622 Intermediate Accounting II 4
ACCT2630 Fund/Nonprofit Accounting 3
- OR -
ACCT2256 Income Tax-Business 3
- OR -
ACCT2643 Accounting Internship 3
- OR -
ACCT2800 Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation Exam Review 3
CPTR1104 Intro to Computer Tech 3
MNTC Courses
COMM1120 Introduction to Public Speaking
Goal: 1 *
ECON2210 Macroeconomics
Goal: 2, 5 *
ENGL1101 College Writing
Goal: 1 *

MNTC Electives ...


Elective Credits ...


Total Credits: 72

* To complete an AAS degree, courses must be taken from at least 3 of the 10 MNTC Goal Areas.


About this program

This major provides the knowledge and skills necessary to examine, analyze, interpret and correct accounting data for the purpose of preparing financial statements, budgets, forecast accounting reports, payroll reports and individual state and federal income tax returns. Computerized accounting concepts are included in this area of study.

Program outcomes

1. Demonstrate application of a variety of software programs including integrated accounting software.
2. Apply business laws to the business environment.
3. Apply accounting theory to service and merchandising organizations.
4. Apply managerial and cost accounting principles.
5. Prepare payroll records and reports in compliance with state and federal requirements.
6. Prepare financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
7. Analyze financial statements.
8. Apply accounting theory to corporate organizations.
9. Apply the Internal Revenue code as it relates to individual income taxes.
10. Demonstrate effective communications.
11. Demonstrate critical thinking.
12. Demonstrate effective use of technology.
13. Demonstrate personal, social and ethical responsibility.

Employment information

An estimated 21,000 persons are employed in this large occupation in Minnesota. Most employees are concentrated in large urban areas, but accounting opportunities are available in almost every town. Accountants are employed by businesses, industry, and government agencies. These businesses include public accounting firms, banks, hospitals, school districts, private business of every type, and non-profit governmental agencies. Many accountants are self employed. Accountants may enter as junior accountants and staff auditors and may advance to section supervisor or partner. Accountants working for industry start as trainees and with managerial skills, may advance to management positions such as office manager or controller.

Program accreditation

The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, (800) 621-7440, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.